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My life would've probably been a whole lot simpler if I hadn't been to Hotel Management School. I'd probably stuck to one or two beers a week, maybe the occasional glass of wine and that would've been that. But alas, one of the most important things you learn at that school is to at least try everything once before saying you don't like it. Add to that my curiosity (bordering on the level that kills cats) and you can imagine I try a lot of things.

My current alcoholic collection consists of the following things:
- a small winerack with about 10 bottles of wine, most of them gifts.
- a tiny sample bottle of La Trappe beer-liquor, am sampling it now and quite surprised by the sweet taste, comparable to Jagermeister
- a tiny sample bottle of Baerenfang honey-liquor
- a bottle of Sake, japanese rice wine. Complete with two small cups and a serving bottle
- Bushmills Malt 10-year-old Irish whiskey
- Bushmills Malt 16-year-old Irish whiskey which has been stored in bourbon, port wine and sherry barrels.
- Pimm's, an English tradition. Tasty on hot days with a slice of orange, a slice of lemon, a slice of cucumber (!), mint and 7-up.
- Newest addition: Absinthe!, Teichenne, a spanish brand with all the original ingredients in it. _graywolf_ will probably be waiting at my doorstep tomorrow morning :D

So please don't label me as an alcoholic (since I don't drink daily, and when I drink it's only in small amounts ;), but rather as a connaisseur. If anyone has any good (unusual) suggestions for me, bring it on! :) Life's too short to waste on bad booze.

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caniche
Apr. 1st, 2005 09:50 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I see no Tequila on that list! Shame on you! ;D
rob_d
Apr. 2nd, 2005 07:29 am (UTC)
Tequila is the work of the devil! Hehehe, somehow my body is not made to enjoy it. I *do* know how to make killer margueritas though. And tequila sunsets and sunrises.
caniche
Apr. 2nd, 2005 11:55 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know what you mean, I don't like it that much either.

I used to, but once I got very drunk and felt so sick afterwards...
Just the smell of it reminds me of how sick I was, and I can't enjoy it anymore.

I might drink one small glass, or very tiny sips hehe. But no more.
_graywolf_
Apr. 2nd, 2005 06:48 am (UTC)
I would *love* to try it indeed! so erm... safe the last for me? Find a tea filter, put a sugar cube in, poor absinthe in (1/3rd of the total amount your planning to drink), and poor water (2/3) of the cube and let it melt into the absinthe.. stirr and drink.

I have the bottle? :D
rob_d
Apr. 2nd, 2005 07:32 am (UTC)
A tea filter? Do you mean one of those metal tea eggs with holes?
I thought you had to dip the sugarcube into the absinthe, put it on a teaspoon that balances on the glass, put the cube on fire and finally add water when the cube has melted into the drink.
_graywolf_
Apr. 2nd, 2005 10:08 am (UTC)
friends don't let friends burn absinthe ;) it was done as a commercial trick.. as is the green color... face is, fire is pretty.

Oh, and I asked for a review of the stuff you got. Asked some absinthe experts on their opinion of the stuff you got, since I haven't had nor reviewed it before.. so.. prepare.

"Depends if you like drinking things that taste like rubber. Here's a review from quite a while ago by Ted Breaux - the creator of the Jade absinthes:

"I obtained a bottle of Teichenné from Elixirs, who procured it as a favor.

This green liquor is 70% alcohol, and is packaged in a 50cL clear glass bottle. The labeling exhibits a graphic of dancing women in hoop skirts (in Moulin Rouge fashion), with a glass of absinthe in the foreground. The screened labeling doesn't reveal much other than the maker, which is located in Tarragona, Spain.

Upon removing the cap, one senses a strong scent of heat and anise, followed by a very subtle oily texture. The color is a typical emerald green. Upon tasting the liquor neat, the first flavor is very strange and fleeting, and perhaps can best be described as industrial and rubbery in taste. Immediately following this weird element is a wallop of spicy anise. Upon the addition of cold water, the liquor louches heavily, and sheds its emerald tint to a pronounced yellowish green. The diluted liquor yields a slightly more lengthy exposure to the conspicuous 'industrial rubber' flavor, followed by the somewhat oily anise texture and not much else.

In conclusion, this product is a 'middle of the road' Spanish-style absinthe with very simple flavor (after one gets past the 'rubber') and not much else to report.'

Given that this review id a few years old and absinthe manufacture has progeressed quite a bit since then, I'd say it's safe to consider this a low middle shelf absinthe."

Oh, and *EVERY* 'absinthe' bottle will say it;s the real stuff, otherwise people won't fall for it silly
rob_d
Apr. 3rd, 2005 12:26 am (UTC)
Dangit, I fell for the marketing tricks again. Oh well, it was cheap for an absinthe (17 euro's for a 50 cl bottle), so I guess I shouldn't have expected a top-range drink. Next time I'll ask you first.

Todays lesson: Men are impulse buyers, just as much as women.
_graywolf_
Apr. 5th, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC)
17 euro ?? XD

Most real absinthe bottles won't fall under 50 euro's XD
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